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Mar 25, 2015 15:23 |  #1

I'm looking to invest in another tripod and something that's indestructible. Something that can beat the elements of New England, the salt water, sand and even mud. Something that requires very little maintenance.

I've beat up my Gitzo, at this moment I can't recall the model. It was a beast, carbon fiber and could hold a ton. Sadly, it's hurting and I need parts for it. So I'm looking for something dependable but not crazy expensive. Under a grand would be okay, even less would work.

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Mar 25, 2015 22:18 |  #2

My Feisol has been through pretty much all that stuff and more, and is still alive and kicking. Much less than a grand also.


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Mar 26, 2015 10:31 |  #3

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Mar 28, 2015 11:31 |  #4

You didn't say light weight. Maybe a wooden tripod?


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Mar 28, 2015 16:08 |  #5

Bearmann wrote in post #17495439 (external link)
You didn't say light weight. Maybe a wooden tripod?

"All conditions"?
Good quality wooden tripods are excellent - but not exactly weather proof.


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Mar 28, 2015 16:16 |  #6

I've thought about this one for a while. I don't use a tripod around salt water but I fish in it an awful lot. The salt water always destroys everything. Even things constructed for use in or around it. I can't really think of anything that would stand up to constant or extended use around the stuff. Whatever you end up getting it will last longer if you rinse it with fresh water after use.


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Mar 29, 2015 08:14 |  #7

I've also used my Gitzo systematic on beaches and in the sea but have been very careful with it. Same with my travel tripod. Last year I bought a heavy duty inexpensive aluminum tripod for seashore work. The thing is solid as a rock but essentially a throwaway when it gets beyond repair in a few years time.


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Mar 29, 2015 09:50 |  #8

peter_n wrote in post #17496537 (external link)
I've also used my Gitzo systematic on beaches and in the sea but have been very careful with it. Same with my travel tripod. Last year I bought a heavy duty inexpensive aluminum tripod for seashore work. The thing is solid as a rock but essentially a throwaway when it gets beyond repair in a few years time.

Yes, you can pick up old Manfrotto tripods for just about nothing. They are heavy, but very stable. Like you said, treat them as throw away.




  
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Mar 29, 2015 19:29 |  #9

peter_n wrote in post #17496537 (external link)
I've also used my Gitzo systematic on beaches and in the sea but have been very careful with it. Same with my travel tripod. Last year I bought a heavy duty inexpensive aluminum tripod for seashore work. The thing is solid as a rock but essentially a throwaway when it gets beyond repair in a few years time.

Valid point about the aluminum. I currently have a Manfrotto and I am picking up a Gitzo very soon. I had been thinking of selling the Manfrotto, but this makes me reconsider and plan to keep it. I'll be moving to Portland and on the ocean more often and I'd rather not destroy the Gitzo prematurely.


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